We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.
Tel: 01283 840284
Blithfield opened for Permit Holders on Thursday 14th March and will be open for day ticket anglers on Thursday 21st March. The recent heavy rain has resulted in some of the tracks around the reservoir being closed. Please check with the fishery on arrival for bank access.
Bristol Water Fisheries
Tel: 01275 332339
The season at Bristol Water Fisheries has just kicked off with pre-season stocking of fish as follows:
11,000 – Chew Valley Lake
7,500 – Blagdon
4,000 – Barrows
Chew opened on the 7th March with some superb fish being caught with plenty of 4lb+ fish showing. There was a really good spread of fish with anglers catching from both boat and bank. Hot spots include Woodford Bank, Herons Green, Walley and the North Shore. A variety of methods worked well although many anglers are favouring small lures fished on sink tip or intermediate lines. Fish are feeding hard on a mixture of daphnia, corixa and alder nymphs!
Good bags of fish weighing over 30lb have been caught with most anglers at least finding one or two 4lb+ fish per visit. Despite the challenging conditions, an excellent start to the season!
Rod average: 8.86 fish per angler
Average weight: 2lb 15oz
Best rainbow: 8lb 3oz Best brown trout: 5lb
Blagdon: Opens 14th March
Barrow Tanks: Barrow Tanks opened at the end of February. It was a patchy start but anglers soon found fish feeding high in the water with fish rising on many occasions. Number 2 Tank remains closed for essential maintenance work. Tanks 1 and 3 fishing well with most anglers opting for nymphs fished slowly/static. Those fishing deeper down have also done well, especially on windier days. The pipe of Number 3 Tank remains a favourite amongst our bank anglers although further down the bank towards the Bristol Corner has also fished well. Some of the famous brown trout have shown to anglers fishing deeper with Boobies and fry patterns. Big brown trout, often found patrolling the bank for sticklebacks, mean it’s always worth a cast or two close in before trying to hit the horizon with your flies.
Rod average: 4.8 fish per angler
Average weight: 1lb 8oz
Best rainbow: 4lb Best brown trout: 5lb
Tel: 01629 540478
Opens Saturday 16th March- boats are fully booked for this day. Please ring the fishery for boat availability on Sunday and the week after.
Spring Open 2019 Competition Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for next years Spring Open Competition For more information and booking contact the fishery.
Tel: 01788 812018
Week ending 10th March 2019
Number of Rods: 118
Number of Trout Taken: 100
Number Trout Released: 390
Total Catch: 490
Weekly Rod Average: 4.15
A week plagued by high winds, saw the boats cancelled on four days. While the boats may not have been able to get out on the water the bank anglers have been enjoying some good sport with good catches from several spots across the reservoir.
A tricky start to the week with strong southwesterly winds resulting in anglers struggling to fish in the areas that had been so prolific over the opening weekend. On Wednesday, the windy conditions meant that all apart from one angler opted to stay indoors and take shelter from the weather. However, Mick Cronin was rewarded for braving the elements landing seven, with five coming from the overflow and two from the Swan’s Nest in Toft. Mick found the fish wanting a hot head damsel fished on an intermediate.
No boats went out on Thursday due to the strong southwesterly wind. Despite the conditions the lake fished well from the bank with a seven fish rod average. John Dickens found some shelter in Dunn’s making the most of it to land nine. John found the fish wanted a black and green gold head with black Buzzers on a floater. Peter Elliot & Lee Patten landed 13 & 20 fish each. The pair moved around the lake taking fish at the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay, Dunn’s and Rainbow Corner. They used a mix of tactics from black and green Tadpoles on midge tips and floaters to buzzers on the washing line.
Friday saw the best day of the week with a slight break in the weather with 14-16mph southwest winds. As a result a number of great catches were recorded from both the bank and also the boats. On the bank Mr G Tomkinson fished near the Old Pipe in Biggin & Dunn’s to land an impressive 22 using a floating line and Cat’s Whisker patterns. Fishing the corner of Dunn’s Ifor Bullock landed 13 once again on a Cat’s Whisker. On the boats Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall enjoyed great sport from Toft, Biggin Bay, Dunn’s and Rainbow Corner landing an impressive 32. The pair found the key to success was to use a Di5 or Di3 sinking line with olive Nomads and Cormorants, their best fish was a fantastic 4lb rainbow.
Unfortunately, the strong winds returned for the weekend meaning the boats could not take to the water either Saturday or Sunday. Once again, the bank offered some great sport for the anglers who still wanted to wet a line on a very windy Saturday. Derby Fly Fishers hosted a bank match with Mike Weaven landing 12 fish on an orange lure from Biggin Bay. Clive Wilkins used buzzers on either a floater or an intermediate to land 15. Between the seven club anglers 43 fish were caught. Clive commented that Biggin was the place to be where he fished 3-5ft down with buzzers or lures. The winds for Sunday were teamed with heavy rain and only a handful of anglers braved the conditions. Mike Garner found some shelter at the bottom end of the Cornfield, on the strong northwest wind. Mike landed 12 rainbows with nine coming to the Cormorant on the point and the other three on a Nemo Cruncher fished on the dropper. On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage Day with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe.
Elinor Trout Fishery
Tel: 01832 720786
Fishery Report March 4th – March 10th
85 anglers caught 441 fish of which 378 were returned
Best Fish: 7lb 14oz Marius, Slough, black Snake, float tube
Bank – lagoon, boat bay
Boat – west arm, dam, boat bay
damsel, small black/green or white/green lures, bloodworm, hares ear, red diawl bach, black buzzer, olive or black snakelet
Wet and windy weather kept many anglers away with boats not being able to go out on three days.
Despite the wild conditions the water remains clear and anglers who did fish had good sport on most days. There have been plenty of fish in the sheltered areas so there is no need to cast into the wind. Despite only 63 fish removed last week there is a further stocking on Friday to keep up the excellent start to the season.
If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30th please let Ed at the fishery know. You will be signing competitor’s scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using de-barbed flies.
There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition; Sunday March 31st is the pair’s match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle are up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at Iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.
Next Stocking: March 15th
Tel: 01536 770 264
Email: see website
Number Rods: 100
Number Trout Taken: 145
Number Trout Released: 538
Total Catch: 683
Weekly Rod Average: 6.83
Despite a “challenging” opening weekend weather wise at Eyebrook, excellent catches were recorded on Friday and on Saturday and Sunday when the conditions were favourable. Opening day on the Friday was probably the best day weather wise with the boats being able to venture onto the water and the moderate winds allowing the bank anglers to fish the majority of the available bank space. Saturday and Sunday saw very high winds, which prevented the boats from going out although the wind direction was kinder on Saturday and some good catches were recorded from the bank. Sunday was much harder with the wind veering around all day and with some heavy overnight rain coloured water was blown onto the dam near the lodge, which had been a prime spot on Saturday.
65 anglers fished the opening day and enjoyed some excellent sport with a rod average of nearly seven. The most productive areas were the Netted Bank, the Bell, Dogwoods Bay and the Dam wall. Best fish recorded was a 4lb 4oz by Mr Farmer on a black and green buzzer, which was one of a catch in excess of 50 from the dam wall. The Murphy brothers took over 40 fish to their boat whilst Mr Clarke took over 30 from the bank. Several pike anglers were out in the boats and had a lot of sport with jack pike, but no big pike were recorded.
Saturday saw the winds pick up sufficiently to curtail any hope of boat fishing. Lots of fish were taken from the Dam and along the Leicestershire Bank by the Hawthorns the Bell and Dogwood. Mr Key took over 20 to Tequila Blobs as did Mr Pym who used a combination of a black lure and a pink buzzer. Mr Armitage took 15 using a combination of black and green and white and green lures.
Sunday saw the visit of Thornton Fly Fishers for a bank match, but the conditions proved very difficult and only three fish were recorded. Dave Leavesley took top rod.
For the 2019 season the Guiding & Tuition team will be running a variety of tuition days at the reservoir, which are an ideal experience for any angler looking to take up the sport. Dates for the bank courses are;
Saturday 30th March
Sunday 14th April
Sunday 12th May
Saturday 15th June
Saturday 14ty September
Sunday 13th October
There will be two boat handling courses on;
Saturday 21st July
Saturday 10th August
We will also be running two courses aimed at anglers wishing to learn about the excellent sport provided by pike on the fly, These will be held on;
Sunday 23rd June
Saturday 5th October
Full details can be found on our tuition face book page or by contacting our guiding and competition manager Tom Bird on 01788 812018
Tel: 01480 810531
Week ending 10th March
Strong winds have kept the boats quiet this week, although plenty of bank anglers are finding their quarry. The week’s rod average stands at a respectable 3.8.
Bank fishing, although somewhat restricted by conditions, has been performing well with anglers catching predominantly on the south bank including Plummers, the Seat, Harbour Arms, Perry Point and Sludge lagoons. As usual the dam has also been fishing, though mainly on the lower numbers.
Dave Mitchell and Phil Caress managed cracking bags of fish last week with Phil landing 10 and Dave landing 10 and then 16 the following day! Many are catching on Hare’s Ear, though black and green lures are always good at the start of the season. With the water levels still low it’s well worth casting before you wade.
Boat fishing, as previously mentioned, has been quiet although those braving conditions are catching fish, with some nice over wintered trout amongst the bag. Currently, fishing the edge of the colour line is going to be your best bet, or finding sheltered bays and fishing just out of reach of the bank anglers may pay off too. Again we would recommend lures at the moment although other flies will catch you fish too!
Best boat areas: South shoreline on the drift, Plummer Bay, the dam, the seat, Sailing Club Bay.
Best bank areas: The Seat, Perry Point, Plummers, harbour arms, south dam, Sludge Bank.
Lake of Menteith
Tel: 01480 810531
Opening Day Sat 16th March 2019
Fishery staff have put in 1022 rainbows (1.5 to 3.5lbs) and browns (mainly 3/4lb) for the opening weekend. The lake has fished well all winter thanks to the big end of season stocking.
Tel: 01604 781350
Week ending 10th March
Fish 269 (Season 832) Returns 65 (152) Rod average 4.1(5.4)
The rod average for the week at Pitsford is 4.1 with plenty of fish reported in the 3-4lb mark. This is in spite of the disruption from recent strong winds.
With the boats grounded for much of the week anglers have turned to some of the less fished sections of the bank and this has shown that fish are well spread around the water.
The usual hot spots of Gravels, Sermons and Rigbys are still holding fish but with the south westerly winds other bank marks such as Sailing Club, Pitsford Creek and Duffers are all worth a look.
Water clarity is still excellent and fish will readily respond to imitative flies such as buzzer, Diawls and small lures.
Boat anglers Mr Munroe and Mr Drew were one of the few to get out and reported between 20-30 fish on damsel patterns on midge tip lines. They stated that most of these fish were over wintered and between 2½-3½lb.
Gavin Friell fished the bank in a big wind at the weekend and again had over a dozen fish in quick succession in the morning. He fished a floating line and team of size 16 diawl bachs with a blob on the point. His best fish was a fin perfect fish of 4lb.
Brown trout are being caught and anglers are again reminded that they are to be returned safely until the end of March. The biggest reported this week was a 3½lb fish caught by Mr Rekut.
Best Rainbow: 3lb 14oz taken by M Tebbutt
Best Brown: 3lb 8oz taken by I Rekut.
Best boat areas: Dam, Pitsford Creek, Brixworth Bay
Best bank areas: Sailing Club, Pitsford Creek, Gravels, Duffers.
Beginners courses: 16,24 & 30 March; 3 and 16 April; 2 and 18 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May and other dates throughout the season.
Tel: 01604 781350
Week Ending 10th March
The big news this week at Ravensthorpe is that the rainbow trout record has been broken by a 17lb 15oz fish caught on Saturday morning. Ravensthorpe bank regular Kevin Daykin tempted the massive fish from Monger Bank on a floating line with a black and green mini snake pattern. The fight lasted at least 10 minutes with the fish taking Kevin down to the backing several times. The fish beats Reg Belham’s 16lb 13½oz fish, which was caught back in 2002.
Several other notable double figure fish were caught this week. Alan Duffin took a 13lb 5oz rainbow from the same area as the record fish on a bloodworm pattern on Tuesday. Martin Foster caught a 13lb 13oz fish from a boat in front of the lodge buoys on an intermediate line and a Pitsford Pea on the same day.
Ravensthorpe will continue to stock large specimen fish including many in to double figures. If targeting a real monster trout is your thing it is worth knowing that there is a fish bigger than the new record swimming around in Ravensthorpe somewhere.
Mick Griffin and John Smith had 19 fish to the boat last Tuesday and Alan Duffin caught 11 from Monger bank on buzzers on Thursday. Neil and Graham from the retail team were out again on the boat at Ravensthorpe on Friday and struggled at first but then found the fish in front and along the Dam. Graham employed a di3 sweep line and black and green lures to account for 35 fish and Neil was on a di5 and managed to land 15; depth and a steady smooth retrieve were essential for success.
The rod average has dipped a bit to 7.9 this week but this is due to strong winds scuppering the boat fishing and making casting from the bank nigh on impossible over the weekend.
Best Rainbow: 17lb 15oz taken by Kevin Daykin.
Best boat areas: Main basin, Catwalk Corner.
Best bank areas: Monger bank, (platforms 3-5).
Tel: 01780 686441
Week Ending 10th March
Rutland Water opened on Friday 8th March. Conditions were challenging at times, but encouragingly fish were caught from a lot of different areas of the reservoir off the bank, which bodes well for the coming weeks with a good spread of fish already.
Bank anglers struggled for any consistency in regard to flies and lines with East Creek area the most consistent. Gary Holloway took a very special brown of 10lb 8oz, which was quickly weighed and returned to the water. It was the same story for many boat anglers with slow glass to Di7 all accounting for fish! Church Bay provided a lot of sport for boat anglers with Di7 and Di5 the best method with small Boobies and Blobs. A lot of the fish in Church Bay were found in large concentrations circa 50—80m off the bank. Bright flies were best in general with a good old Tequila Blob the most successful.
With strong winds forecast from the west for the next few days a strong westerly is the worst wind at Rutland for getting the boats out and may lead to disruption. Also until April there are ‘early season’ bank restrictions, which mean there are very limited places to get away from such winds and enjoy a session on the bank.
Stocking will continue this coming week with another 3,000 rainbows, it will only be a matter of time before some arm wrenching sport ensues!
Beginners courses: 14,23 & 28 March; 7,14,20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.